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Sightings

Mick Bailey

Wednesday, 17 December 2003

Cwmbran

Main Sighting:
Spring is here! Dunnock singing on Henllys Way this morning. Also, 2 Coal Tits were calling seweet seweet (or whatever) at each other across Penylan Way where it passes through a wood. I'sm never sure whether this is merely a call or is a form of song. Can somebody advise?
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Keith Jones

Tuesday, 16 December 2003

GLWR Goldcliff

Main Sighting:
Visited Goldcliff at first light for the rising tide (15.12.03). Very quiet to aay the least just 6 Little Egrets, 2 Shelduck 39 Mallard, 37 Teal, 129 Wigeon, 2 Gadwall, 3 Shoveler, 3 Lapwing, 3 Moorhen, 490 Dunlin, and 99 Curlew
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John Bennett

Tuesday, 16 December 2003

Wentwood

Main Sighting:
Late news for the weekend:-Dartford warbler still at Uskmouth around the south-east lagoon and the greay grey shrike reported from Wentwood in the little Oak area.
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Mick Bailey and Keith Roylance

Tuesday, 16 December 2003

Peterstone

Main Sighting:
From church path to gout and back 1 hour or so either side of high tide at 11:30. At village end: 100-150 Curlew, 200 Dunlin, 1 Little Egret, 2 Kestrel, smattering of ducks and waders. At gout mouth: 63 Oystercatcher, 30 Redshank, 40 Grey Plover, 46 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Dunlin, 1 Knot, 160 Shoveler, 80 Shelduck, 60 Teal, 30 Widgeon, 5 Pintail, uncounted (20?) Mallard, 1 Mute Swan, 1 G B-B Gull. On gout "spond"s: 7 Little Grebe, 1 Coot, half dozen Mallard. Overall: several large gull species in flight (no B-H). Total species: 38.
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Ruth Brown

Sunday, 14 December 2003

Castle Meadows, Abergavenny

Main Sighting:
1 male Brambling in small field near castle, about 9.30 this morning.
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Keith Jones

Sunday, 14 December 2003

Llandegfedd Reservoir

Main Sighting:
Visited Llandegfedd Reservoir today (14.12.03_, viewed the dam end, and walked the west inlets, west bank, and north bank to the restricted east bank. Among the birds present 10 Great Crested Grebe, 30 Cormorant, 10 Grey Heron, 143 Mallard, 89 Teal, 268 Wigeon, 6 Tufted Duck, 1 Pochard, 4 Buzzard, 190 Lapwing, 34 Coot. 1 Great Black Backed Gull, 49 Lesser Black Backed Gull, 311 Herring Gull, 147 Black Headed Gull, 5 Pheasant, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 13 Long Tailed Tit, 2 Marsh Tit, 1 Tree Creeper, 9 Redpoll and 4 Raven.
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John Davies

Saturday, 13 December 2003

A40 Raglan to Abergavenny

Main Sighting:
Barn Owl hunting along the verge of A40 carriageway Raglan to Abergavenny early Saturday evening. Peregrine also in hunting mode just north of Abergavenny on Sunday morning.
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Ruth Brown

Monday, 08 December 2003

Castle Meadows, Abergavenny

Main Sighting:
Dipper seen swimming in the middle of the River Usk, and diving to feed in approx. 18-24 inches of water.Temp at -5C (or so the forecasters said) this morning, so was this "savailability of food"s governing behaviour? And more importantly, where is The Moon and Sixpence?
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Keith Jones

Monday, 08 December 2003

Peterstone Gout

Main Sighting:
Visited Peterstone Gout, and Pill only at first light (8.12.03). Bitterly cold, tide not very high, and rather dark so didn'st walk any further. But birds seen include 1 Cormorant, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Mute Swan, 85 Shelduck, 89 Mallard, 20 Teal, 40 Wigeon, 6 Shoveler, 1 Gadwall, 1 Peregrine, 4 Coot, 30 Lapwing, 24 Curlew, 60 Knot, 180 Common Redshanks, and 93 Black Tailed Godwits
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Ian Smith

Monday, 08 December 2003

Osbaston, Monmouth

Main Sighting:
Redpolls feeding in garden Birch trees again this week. Blackcaps seem to have moved off but their favourite Cotoneaster berries are disapearing, so this is inconclusive! Fieldfares are regular, over-flying the area on feeding forays to everywhere but my garden. Bullfinches however cannot ignore the berries on the Hymalyan Honeysuckle bushes and have been present for months now and getting very tolerant of humans. Sparrows and Tits prioritising fat based foods and leaving seed feeders as very much second choice in this weather. Talking of food..... The 'sTintern's Birders have decided on a new years meal on Friday the 16th. Most likely at the Moon and Sixpence. Probably best to check with Nick saunders nearer the time.
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